In an evening celebrating Canadian new rock music, the winners in five categories were announced tonight at 102.1 the Edge's annual Edge CASBY Music Awards, live at the Sound Academy in Toronto.
The 2011 Edge CASBY Award winners are:
*NXNE Favourite New Indie Release: Learn & Burn, The Sheepdogs
*Molson Canadian Favourite New Artist: The Sheepdogs
*Favourite New Album: Learn & Burn, The Sheepdogs
*Favourite New Single: Fragile Bird, City and Colour
*Favourite Edge Session: Mumford and Sons
During the live award show, an all-Canadian lineup also took the stage including Sam Roberts Band, Bedouin Soundclash, Hey Rosetta!, The Reason, The Sheepdogs and Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (USS).
This year's Edge CASBY Award winners join the ranks of other CASBY-winning legends such as Alexisonfire, Arcade Fire, Tokyo Police Club, Finger Eleven, Metric and many others.
The Edge Canadian Artists Selected by You (CASBY) Music Awards began in 1981 as the U-Knows, an alternative to the JUNO Awards. CASBY winners are chosen entirely by the fans. Through initiatives like the CASBYs, as well as Edgefest and Indie Online, 102.1 the Edge has earned a reputation as a major force in Canadian talent development, contributing to the commercial breakthrough of some of Canada's most influential artists, including Billy Talent, Finger Eleven and many others.
The CASBYs were sponsored by Molson Canadian Red Leaf Project.